The above comment was generally interpreted as a smug selfcertification of Oswald's own infamy, his assured place in history as the President's assassin. As years passed, skepticism concerning the Warren Commission's findings about Oswald's background and his role in the assassination reached majoritarian levels. Researchers hypothesized a different meaning: namely, that Oswald was a complex young man playing roles and affecting political postures, and that these were about to be stripped away by the legal process as he sought to defend himself against charges of murder. Oswald was silenced by Jack Ruby before he could participate in the process, before he could tell us who he really was. That task has been left to others, who must follow the rich and mysterious trail of events and artifacts he left behind.